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College Essay Writing Tips

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New Blogger Introduction- from A Day in the Life of an Ag Teacher Blog

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DECEMBER 2011: College Essay Writing Tips


If there is one thing to count on during your college application process it’s essay writing. The essay component is important as it gives you a chance showcase your talents. A well written, organized and detailed essay is critical for college admission. This month will provide some tips on how to develop an essay that will really make you shine like the star you are!

March 15

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Here Are Some College Essay Writing Tips:

  • Read the essay requirements thoroughly. 
  • Keep you focus narrow and personal.
  • Give specific examples of your skills and characteristics. 
  • Proofread and then proofread again.
  • Have someone else look over your essay.
  • Adjust the essay accordingly for each application.
  • Be genuine and creative.
  • Be careful using humor in a positive and identifiable way. 

    Here is a great blog about writing a college admission essay.

“The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”


Why I love being an ag teacher:

  • I consider myself a student and I like to share what I learn.
  • Seeing students develop and become successful.
  • Professional affiliation and the NAAE organization. 



Read It - Live It with the A Day in the Life Blog Series Meet one of our new bloggers for the 2011-2012 year.

Josh Dahlem of Stanley High School in Logansport, Louisiana:

“I am currently a CASE Plant Science Lead Teacher and implement the curriculum throughout my various classes. Since our biggest industry is the oil field, many of my students graduate and go straight to work. For these students, I concentrate on building skills for them to excel in the career they choose because, as we know, not every student is college material but will still make a positive impact on society.”

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Ag Spotlight
Meghan Wood

Aiken High School
Aiken, SC
Years as an Ag Teacher: 5
Ag Education Undergraduate Degree: Clemson University

Advice to potential ag ed majors?

My advice to any person looking at their career options, whether it be teaching or something else, is that there is no such thing as the perfect job...except being an AG Teacher. This great job allows you to do something different every single day, be challenged and yet is very rewarding at times. I tell people who ask me what my bad days are like that my bad days are good and my good days are great.

What is the most rewarding part of being an ag teacher?

There are so many rewards that come with my job as an AG teacher, but I would say the thing that I love the most is being a HERO for a student that would not have had those great opportunities without my class. However, it is not only the students that get bountiful learning opportunities. My students are the ones that teach me every single day. They teach me to have a love for learning, how to challenge myself in order to become better for them and overall how to be a better teacher, advisor, mentor and person. You hear teachers around the profession say "I love to see when a student's light comes on." But for me, it is for these reasons that they in turn make my "light" come on. This is why I do what I love and love what I do :).

Do you have any tips on going to colleger?

College alone is an extreme challenge. There will be many obstacles but those obstacles will make you a better student to prepare you for the challenges you will face being a teacher. College is a great time to develop a love of learning and challenge yourself. I think the best thing a person entering into the teaching profession should do is build a network of resources. This can be your greatest asset. Knowledge is important but building a network of people to support you is the most valuable.


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